Mary Jane (Lint) Dieter

The fortieth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my wife's paternal 3rd-great-grandmother, Mary Jane (Lint) Dieter. She was born 28 May 1842 in Ohio (some items say Pennsylvania) to Henry and Eleanor (Murphey) Lint. Her family may have been of the Pennsylvania Dutch or Mennonites as they lived in … [Read more...]

The Great Peshtigo Fire

PeshtigoFireCemetery

The thirty-eighth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my wife's maternal 3rd-great-grandfather, Adrien FRANCOIS. His birth is listed as 18 March 1832 in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Brabant, Belgium, which actually is not too far from where my Belgian ancestors originated. His parents are noted from his … [Read more...]

German Braatz

Braatz Family

The thirteenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my paternal 3rd-great-grandmother, Maria (KLEGIN) BRAATZ. The only documented evidence that I have seen of Maria's birth was from her death certificate which states that she was born 15 Februrary 1842 in Schoenwalde, Germany. Trouble is that … [Read more...]

Where Did George Washington Go?

The tenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my wife's great-great-grandfather, George Washington SHANNON. George was born on September 11th, 1859 in the small town of Stockton in Portage County, Wisconsin. His parents were Nathaniel SHANNON & Rosina Winslow ARNOLD. He was the eighth child … [Read more...]

The William Thompson

William Thompson

The ninth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my 4th-great-grandfather, William Henry THOMPSON.  With a name like William Thompson, how hard can it be to pinpoint him? This has been my trouble with William. I have records of him starting in 1850 once his family settled in Wisconsin, but before … [Read more...]

One-Armed Mystery

Anna (Huizel) Collins - unknown year

The eight ancestor is my 52 week challenge is my wife's paternal great-grandmother, Anna (HUIZEL) COLLINS. I'm not completely sure of the pronunciation of that surname, but I've heard both Oot-zuhl and Ooh-zuhl. Anna was born around July 1881 in what is today, Netolice in the Prachatice … [Read more...]

Marching with Sherman

Burning of McPhersonville 1865

The fourth ancestor on the 52 Week Ancestor challenge was picked using my patented ancestor-o-matic. It's really just a random number generator and then using that number on my daughter's ahnentafel chart. This week is William J DAKINS. William is my wife's 3rd-great-grandfather on her maternal … [Read more...]

Centenarian Plus 0.03

Augusta (Luedtke) Last

The third ancestor I chose on my 52 Ancestors challenge is my maternal great-great-grandmother, August (LUEDTKE) LAST. She holds a unique position in my ancestry as the only ancestor that I know of to have lived to at least 100 years of age. Though, she passed away 11 days (0.03 years) after her … [Read more...]